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The Secret is the story of a real-life double murder. James Nesbitt plays Colin Howell, a respectable dentist and pillar of the community, who became a killer in partnership with a Sunday ... See full summary »
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Complete series cast summary:
James Nesbitt ...  Colin Howell 4 episodes, 2016
Genevieve O'Reilly ...  Hazel Buchanan / ... 4 episodes, 2016
Patrick O'Kane ...  Victor Buchanan 3 episodes, 2016
Nina Woods Nina Woods ...  Lauren Howell 3 episodes, 2016
Murray Speers Murray Speers ...  Daniel Howell 3 episodes, 2016
Jack Erdis Jack Erdis ...  Andrew Buchanan 3 episodes, 2016
Sophie Mellotte Sophie Mellotte ...  Lisa Buchanan 3 episodes, 2016
Stuart Graham ...  Dave Stewart 2 episodes, 2016
Katherine Kingsley ...  Kyle Howell 2 episodes, 2016
Laura Pyper ...  Lesley Howell 2 episodes, 2016
Glen Wallace ...  Trevor Buchanan 2 episodes, 2016
Jason Watkins ...  Pastor Hansford 2 episodes, 2016
Alan McKee Alan McKee ...  D.I. Hutchinson 2 episodes, 2016
Rhys Dunlop Rhys Dunlop ...  Andrew Buchanan / ... 2 episodes, 2016
David Pearse ...  Andy Comerford 2 episodes, 2016
Patrick FitzSymons ...  Derek McAuley 2 episodes, 2016
B.J. Hogg B.J. Hogg ...  Jim Buchanan 2 episodes, 2016
Amy Shiels ...  Lisa Buchanan / ... 2 episodes, 2016
Julia Dearden Julia Dearden ...  Lily Buchanan 2 episodes, 2016
Ali White Ali White ...  Hilary McAuley 2 episodes, 2016
Gordon Fulton ...  Peter 2 episodes, 2016
Patrick J Molloy ...  Willie / ... 2 episodes, 2016
Riley Hamilton Riley Hamilton ...  Matthew Howell 2 episodes, 2016
Ruth Jennings Ruth Jennings ...  Dental Receptionist 2 episodes, 2016
Danielle Magennis Danielle Magennis ...  Lauren Howell / ... 2 episodes, 2016
Jonathan Harden ...  D.C. Devine / ... 2 episodes, 2016
Rory Bradley Rory Bradley ...  Matthew / ... 2 episodes, 2016
Ash Cook Ash Cook ...  Daniel Howell 2 episodes, 2016
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The Secret is the story of a real-life double murder. James Nesbitt plays Colin Howell, a respectable dentist and pillar of the community, who became a killer in partnership with a Sunday school teacher, Hazel Buchanan, played by Genevieve O'Reilly.

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UK

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English

Release Date:

29 April 2016 (UK) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Northern Ireland, UK

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Brilliant, riveting crime drama
7 July 2016 | by daggersineyesSee all my reviews

I went into this movie with no knowledge of the actual crime or even that this was based on one. I never believe the old "based on a true story" line so just assumed this, like most, was loosely based on something that happened in England but was not actually a faithful reproduction. It's only today when I was doing some research on it that I discovered all the drama created by the victim's daughter but. I don't really understand the controversy. If the victims families don't want to be traumatised by a TV dramatisation of these tragic events then....why watch it? Seems simple to me. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be able to watch if someone made a movie about deaths of people close to me. Maybe I"m missing something but honestly, the daughter who is voicing all these complaints should have just not watched the show. What is the point of kicking up a huge song and dance about it? Anyway, moving on to the actual critique. Personally like many others, I absolutely loved the series and it is well worth watching. I don't often like dramatisations of true crimes because they are usually stilted, stiff & boring with bad production values, B grade actors and lousy script writing. The Secret is nothing like the "usual" type. It's exceptionally good quality, well written, beautifully produced and all of the actors do a wonderful job. Nesbitt's performance in particular is absolutely chilling in his portrayal of the "ordinary" outside of this very sinister & disturbed individual. In all the story is told with class & compassion. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.


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